The Treatment of Elbow-Joint Fractures in the Position of Acute Flexion, without Splints; With Report of Cases

H. L. SMITH
1895 Boston Medical and Surgical Journal  
arm in acute flexion is not new. For the most part, this position has been employed hitherto in sporadic cases to meet special conditions. The most common reason for such treatment is the fact that by this means it is possible to prevent a fragment of bone, or the loosened head of the radius, from slipping into the angle in front of il.e point, where it would prevent full flexion. A few surgeons have preferred to put up all fractures of the lower end of the humérus at a point within the right
more » ... within the right angle. Mr. Thomas, of Liverpool, treated all such cases without splints, simply fastening the hand well up to the neck by means of a halter attached to the wrist ; and it appears from a recent discussion on the subject, reported in the British Medical Journal, that his successor, Mr. Robert Jones, continues the practice. Professor Markoe, of New York, is reported by Hamilton as advocating flexion to a few degrees less than a right angle, and Dr.
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